Chicago Chocolate Tours is thrilled to be involved in the following events:


View from my office as an Adjunct Professor at Kendall College


Kendall College 

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series:

Growth Strategies & Franchise Management


~ Monday 10/13/14, 4:30 pm: Owner of Ecuadorian cookie company Biscotti Galletas, Maria Jose Noboa, on growing from a home-based start-up to more significant sales and international aspirations.


~ Wednesday 10/22/14, 4:30 pm: Attorney Amy Cheng, of the Cheng Cohen law firm, on legal aspects of franchising.


~ Monday 11/3/14, 4:30 pm: Award-winning high-growth franchisor Shelly Sun, founder of BrightStar, which has over 260 units and was named best franchise in America by Forbes, on how she did it.  


~ Monday 12/1/14, 4:30 pm: Owner of restaurant chain America's Dog, Manolis Alpogianis, on how he grew his restaurants to several Chicago locations and why he decided to start franchising. 


Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, Room 632, Chicago.

This is part of a business class so please arrive on time, and be prepared to learn and join in the discussion!

RSVP to Valerie Beck, Chicago Chocolate Tours founder and Kendall College professor,, or Dean Aurora Reinke


Yours truly at Kendall College


Paris Sweet & Chic: join our Chocolate Travel Club on a luxury chocolate-themed trip to Paris. Details:


Our Chicago Chocolate Tours "Signa-Tour Mint Nail Polish Giveaway" is coming soon, for one day only, Sunday, September 1, 2013, with purchase of a tour ticket! 



Receive a free bottle of our new Chicago Chocolate Tours custom nail color in our "Signa-Tour Mint Nail Polish Giveaway,part of the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival! 

Simply purchase a tour ticket for the Magnificent Mile route of our Chicago Chocolate Tours taking place on Sunday, September 1, at 10:45 am or 1:45 pm, and your free nail polish will be waiting for you with your Tourguide at the start of the tour, at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. You may purchase tickets online at, or on the phone at 312-929-2939.

We provide guided walking and tasting tours to select chocolate shops, bakeries, and cafes, where you'll sample chocolate in a variety of forms, from truffles, to cupcakes, to croissants, to chocolate tea! Our Tourguides share entertaining facts about the history and health benefits of chocolate, while you savor the flavors. With our nail polish, our tours are chic as well as sweet!


"Fine print:"

Advance ticket purchase please. No vouchers or gift certificates. Tickets and nail polish supplies are limited. 



We launched our first custom Chicago Chocolate Tours nail color in the fall, and our second color is here for summer. (Yes, we love innovating for you!) We held a contest to name this fresh new minty green nail polish color, and the winner is... Rachel L., who suggested "Signa-Tour Mint!" Rachel received a free bottle of Signa-Tour Mint, and now you can get one too.


In addition:

The nail color is also available for purchase separately; please click to order. Thank you to Well Polished Nail Spa for helping create our custom colors! And of course our tour tickets are also available for tours 52 weeks a year. Click for our public tour schedule, or for private or charitable tour information.


Here's to a sweet & chic summer!


Chicago Chocolate Tours is co-sponsoring the 3rd annual Women's Innovation Network - WIN Summer Retreat for women entrepreneurs, Tuesday 7/16 - Friday 7/19, 2013, with a Geneva Chocolate Tour. The Retreat will also include educational sessions and a coffee & cupcakes reception at The Sugar Path, and an Innovation Circle at Moveable Feast, both of whom are among our esteemed Tour Partners.

The Innovation Circle, Friday 7/19 at 8 am, is free of charge and open to non-Retreat attendees as well.

Retreat philanthropy partner: Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Details and registration:


Back for 2013: Have a sweet Mother's Day weekend with our -

Chocolate and Flowers Tours!

What: Our annual Chicago Chocolate Tours "Chocolate and Flowers Tours" are back! Celebrate Mother's Day, flowers, and chocolate on our walking tours featuring chocolate tasting, fascinating facts, and fun!

Every Mom or other special lady will receive a flower!

Click for a video clip featuring our Mother's Day weekend tours as a top pick on ABC TV's Windy City Live!


Mother's Day weekend, Saturday 5/11 and Sunday 5/12, 2013. Tour times:

  • Saturday 9:45 am, Magnificent Mile
  • Saturday, 12:45 pm, Magnificent Mile
  • Saturday, 2:45 pm, Lakeview
  • Saturday, 3:45 pm, Magnificent Mile
  • Sunday 10:45 am, Magnificent Mile
  • Sunday, 1:45 pm, Magnificent Mile
  • Sunday, 2:45 pm, Lakeview


Where: Meet at 900 N. Michigan Avenue, inside by the concierge desk, for the Magnificent Mile route. Advance registration please. Participating stores include:

  • Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters
  • Teuscher Chocolates
  • More Cupcakes
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Argo.

The Lakeview route starts at 3135 N. Broadway, Saturday and Sunday at 2:45 pm, where participating stores include:

  • Spare Parts featuring a pop-up shop with our Visiting Chocolatier La Parisianne
  • Bobtail Ice Cream
  • Loose Leaf Lounge
  • Argo
  • KC Chocolatier.


Participating stores are subject to change due to store hours, and Saturday and Sunday routes on the Mag Mile will differ slightly.


Cost: $40 per person, includes tour, chocolate, and a flower. Purchase tickets here, or call us at 312-929-2939. Email: Advance registration please.


Need an extra gift? Click for Chicago Chocolate Tours gift certificates, in hard copy or via email, with no expiration date!

Or, sign Mom up for a Chocolate Travel Club trip!


Happy Mother's Day!



What: Women's Innovation Network (WIN) Spa + Cupcakes networking event

Network with women business owners and professionals at this fun and FREE event, featuring mini cupcakes from Swirlz, mini spa treatments, and big networking!

When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 2 - 3 pm.

Where: Wax On Wax Off Spa, 1044 W. Taylor, Chicago.

Cost: Free of charge.

RSVP: Space is limited; please rsvp to with the number of people in your party.

Website: The mission of Women's Innovation Network is to foster massive business growth for women entrepreneurs, through innovation, inclusion, and inspiration, in a positive and ethical environment.


Returning in 2013:

Sweet Meets Chic: our annual *Chocolate + Fashion Tour* is back!

What: Join the Chicago Chocolate Tours annual Chocolate + Fashion Tour for a guided walking, tasting, shopping, and browsing tour to chocolate shops and bakeries, plus fashion boutiques! $50 per person includes chocolate, gift bag, and Champagne.

When and where: Date tbd. The tour will start at the ground-floor concierge desk inside 900 N. Michigan Avenue. Advance registration please.

2012 stops included:

  • Teuscher Chocolates
  • DNA2020 boutique with Rebecca Minkoff items, and featuring Visiting Cupcake Baker *Swirlz Cupcakes*
  • Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters
  • Henri Bendel boutique, featuring Visiting Chocolatier *La Parisianne du Chocolat*
  • Candyality store and museum
  • The Palm Court at the Drake Hotel, featuring visiting Chocolatier *Kokku Chocolatier* and a Champagne toast

Cost: $50 per person. Includes chocolate, gift bag, Champagne reception. 

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. You can purchase tickets online at, or by phone at 312-929-2939. Receive an extra chocolate gift if you pay with MasterCard. Or, contact us with questions. 

Prizes: Prizes will be given for Best Outfit, Best Attitude, Best Chocolate Knowledge, and Best Shoes (please keep in mind though that this is a walking tour)!

Charity partner: National Runaway Switchboard


Be chic, stay sweet!



Back for 2013, our special edition

Chocolate and Champagne Tour


What: Our annual "Chocolate and Champagne Tour" is back! Join us for an evening of chocolate, Champagne, and chocolate-Champagne confections! Learn about the history, myths, and pleasures of both chocolate and Champagne, two fantastic combinations of art and nature. And, celebrate Valentine's Day weekend, whether with girlfriends, sisters, a date, or by yourself - and make new friends!

Participating stores at this time include:

  • Teuscher Chocolates
  • More Cupcakes
  • Candyality
  • Visiting Chocolatier Chocolate Buddha
  • Grand finale at The Drake Hotel with Visiting Chocolatier Beijo de Chocolat

Stores are subject to change.

When: The Friday before Valentine's Day, 5:30 pm. The tour will last approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Where: Meet at 900 N. Michigan Avenue, inside by the ground-floor concierge desk.

Cost: $50 per person, includes chocolates, and Champagne.

Tickets: Click or call 312-929-2939 to purchase, or email us at with any questions. (No vouchers, which are for public tours, not special edition or private tours.)


Here's to a sweet and sparkling Valentine's Day season!



Hope to see you soon!


~Valerie Beck

Founder and CEO, Chicago Chocolate Tours

Founder and President, Women's Innovation Network (WIN)  


Chicago Chocolate Tours



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